Smart and Adaptive Materials

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Enabling materials and technologies, materials and manufacturing, smart materials and structures, multifunctional materials, properties of polymers and composites, prototyping and rapid prototyping, nanomaterials, cellular materials and foams

Areas of expertise

The goal of the Smart and Adaptive Materials facility is to develop smart polymers with multi-functional properties that exhibit physically functional, mechanically functional, biologically functional and environmentally functional behaviours. The infrastructure is essential to the progress of this innovative research since it comprises two major components: the development of smart cellular polymers, and their characterization. In order to attain this objective, the infrastructure requested included a set of batch equipment for mixing, compounding, and processing and a set of characterization equipment for the measurement, modelling and simulation of physical, mechanical, bio-activation and biodegradation properties. Since smart materials are a novel class of materials, the development of these polymers is technically challenging and is in itself an emerging area of research in Canada. The infrastructure provides valuable data for the implementation and commercialization of smart polymers. This state-of-the art infrastructure is resulting in the development of an innovative processing technology for smart cellular polymers. When a cost-effective mass production manufacturing process for smart polymers is developed, a large number of potential innovative industrial applications will follow. This will contribute to increased economic activity in diverse sectors in Canada such as the health, environmental, transportation, and construction sectors, among others. 

Research services

Processing and fabrication of polymer and polymer-based composites, characterization of mechanical properties of polymers and tensile, compression, shear and flexural composites, characterization of dynamic mechanical properties of polymers and composites including storage and loss modulus, characterization of thermal mechanical properties of polymers and composites including storage and loss modulus, characterization of electrical properties of polymers and composites including conductivity and dielectric constant, characterization of thermal properties of polymers and composites including melting, crystallization, decomposition

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Consumer durables
  • Defence and security industries
  • Manufacturing and processing
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
Smart and Adaptive PolymersMicro-compounding minilabManufacturing of polymer and composites
 Instron MicroTester load frameCharacterizing the mechanical properties
 Dielectric analyzerCharacterizing electrical properties
 Simultaneous thermal analyzerCharacterizing thermal properties
 Dynamic mechanical and thermal analyzerCharacterizing dynamic properties